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Jake Wood


Co-Founder/CEO of Team Rubicon & author of Take Command on leading with purpose.

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Praise for Jake Wood...

  • “He got a standing ovation! He did very well. Really held the crowd’s attention. I am looking forward to Indianapolis.”


  • “We thought Jake did an amazing job at our convention. As you can imagine, he got a standing ovation after our general session, then again at our awards banquet. He was so personable and hung out to talk to our members as well.”


  • “Jake was charismatic, thoughtful and engaging. Everyone was really moved by his story and his emphasis on ethical leadership. I’m really happy we selected him to anchor the end of our conference.”


  • “Fantastic presentation! This morning. Great guy. Chief Distribution Officer and CEO said certainly one of our best at these meetings. And we've had a lot. I'll send official email when I can breathe again.”


  • “Jake was phenomenal and delivered a very compelling and inspiring message to our leaders yesterday. The content was an excellent fit with our agenda for the morning and he was so easy to work with. I have heard an overwhelming number of positive comments on his presentation. Thank you very much for your assistance in getting him lined up for us in a very short amount of time!”


  • “Wow, wow, wow! Jake’s keynote address was phenomenal. I’ve been to many of these conferences and have never seen any speaker able to capture 500+ attendees’ undivided attention the way Jake did. His message not only powerful but also resonate/appeal to everyone. Our members are still talking about it. I’m recently became a US Citizen and Jake made me proud to be an American!”


  • “Jake Wood hit it out of the park at the Annual Meeting! Our attendees were mesmerized listening to his presentation and gave him a standing ovation when he finished.”

BUILD & LEAD TEAMS
THE ONE AND THE NINE

Jake Wood: Speech Topics


① CROSSING THE RUBICON | ② CONQUERING CHAOS | ③ THE ONE AND THE NINE | ④ TAKE COMMAND | ⑤ HOW DO YOU DEFINE PURPOSE?

① Crossing the Rubicon


Jake Wood will take listeners on his journey from college football's largest stadiums, to the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan, to the founding and development of America's fastest growing disaster response organization, the highly acclaimed Team Rubicon. Audiences will be captivated by rich storytelling and compelling visuals, and will feel as if they are alongside Jake in disaster zones around the world. Each participant will be left inspired to cross their own Rubicon, irrevocably committed to tackling what's most important in their life.

② Conquering Chaos


The world is fast moving and full of uncertainty. No situation demonstrates this like the battlefield, which is why the US military developed VUCA, a framework for understanding - and defeating - chaos. VUCA, representing Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, and Ambiguity, helps leaders define the challenges they confront and how best to conquer them. Listeners will learn how Vision, Understanding, Clarity, and Agility interact to help teams thrive in chaos, whether in the boardroom or the marketplace. Wood's experiences as a Marine Sniper in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as an entrepreneur who has built the fastest growing disaster response organization in America, provide him with compelling real-life stories to draw upon that help listeners understand the key lessons of Conquering Chaos.


③ The One and The Nine: Building Teams & Organizations That Win


For every 100 people in a typical organization or on your team, there are 10 people who shouldn't even be there, 80 who at their best have a neutral impact, 9 who perform exceptionally, and one who is a true leader capable of taking command and creating a winning team or culture. This reality is forcing organizations to rethink what they know about leadership, change management and risk. Those that can adapt will thrive, while those that refuse change will flounder and fail. Jake gives organizations the framework for becoming a better leader and building more agile organizations. Using his own remarkable journey as an Athlete, Marine Scout Sniper, and co-founder of Team Rubicon, Jake shows how you can find and build the team needed to win life's battles and become the "one" others look to.


④ Take Command: How to Lead and Succeed


We all want to be the people who remain steady even as others lose their footing. Drawing from his experience in the military, with Team Rubicon, and his debut book, Take Command: Lessons in Leadership: How to Be a First Responder in Business, Jake provides the framework to lead and thrive in high-stakes situations. He outlines the how, when, and why of resolute, lead-from-the-front leadership, offering a set of principles that one can draw upon in any situation.

⑤ How Do You Define Purpose?


We all have a purpose. Sometimes it’s helping communities recover after a wildfire, sometimes it’s lending a strong shoulder for others to lean on. Over 100,000 veterans and first responders have found a new purpose through continued service in Team Rubicon, the disaster relief nonprofit founded by Jake Wood. In this talk, Jake shares the vision he had for Team Rubicon which has provided aid to survivors of more than 80 natural disasters around the globe. Learn how Jake's vision became a reality and how you and your organization can apply these lessons in finding and defining your own purpose.



Jake Wood: Books


Take Command: Lessons in Leadership: How to Be a First Responder in Business

In this groundbreaking book on high-stakes leadership, Co-founder and CEO of Team Rubicon and former Marine Sniper Jake Wood, shows how to apply hard-learned lessons in leadership and teamwork from the battlefield and disaster zone to your professional life … ➡︎

Jake Wood: Bio



      

Jake Wood is the cofounder and CEO of Team Rubicon, a nonprofit organization that recruits, trains and deploys military veterans to disaster zones around the world and within the United States.  Since 2010, Team Rubicon has scaled to 100,000 volunteers and deployed teams to some of the worst catastrophes of the century.

As a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps, Wood deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan as a Scout Sniper and earned the Navy-Marine Commendation Medal. A leading veterans’ advocate, Wood has briefed President Obama on veterans’ issues, met with former Presidents Bush and Clinton on veteran transition and disaster response and testified before a Senate committee to improve mental health care services for returning veterans. He has also appeared in the major media, including MSNBC, CNN, NBC, ABC, Al Jazeera, US News & World Report, Forbes, Fox News and penned an op-ed for The New York Times. In 2014, Crown Publishing published Wood’s book, Take Command: Lessons in Leadership. 

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JAKE WOOD


Co-Founder/CEO of Team Rubicon & author of Take Command on leading with purpose.

SPEECH TOPICS

① Crossing the Rubicon
Jake Wood will take listeners on his journey from college football's largest stadiums, to the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan, to the founding and development of America's fastest growing disaster response organization, the highly acclaimed Team Rubicon. Audiences will be captivated by rich storytelling and compelling visuals, and will feel as if they are alongside Jake in disaster zones around the world. Each participant will be left inspired to cross their own Rubicon, irrevocably committed to tackling what's most important in their life.

② Conquering Chaos

The world is fast moving and full of uncertainty. No situation demonstrates this like the battlefield, which is why the US military developed VUCA, a framework for understanding - and defeating - chaos. VUCA, representing Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, and Ambiguity, helps leaders define the challenges they confront and how best to conquer them. Listeners will learn how Vision, Understanding, Clarity, and Agility interact to help teams thrive in chaos, whether in the boardroom or the marketplace. Wood's experiences as a Marine Sniper in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as an entrepreneur who has built the fastest growing disaster response organization in America, provide him with compelling real-life stories to draw upon that help listeners understand the key lessons of Conquering Chaos.


③ The One and The Nine: Building Teams & Organizations That Win

For every 100 people in a typical organization or on your team, there are 10 people who shouldn't even be there, 80 who at their best have a neutral impact, 9 who perform exceptionally, and one who is a true leader capable of taking command and creating a winning team or culture. This reality is forcing organizations to rethink what they know about leadership, change management and risk. Those that can adapt will thrive, while those that refuse change will flounder and fail. Jake gives organizations the framework for becoming a better leader and building more agile organizations. Using his own remarkable journey as an Athlete, Marine Scout Sniper, and co-founder of Team Rubicon, Jake shows how you can find and build the team needed to win life's battles and become the "one" others look to.


④ Take Command: How to Lead and Succeed
We all want to be the people who remain steady even as others lose their footing. Drawing from his experience in the military, with Team Rubicon, and his debut book, Take Command: Lessons in Leadership: How to Be a First Responder in Business, Jake provides the framework to lead and thrive in high-stakes situations. He outlines the how, when, and why of resolute, lead-from-the-front leadership, offering a set of principles that one can draw upon in any situation.
⑤ How Do You Define Purpose?

We all have a purpose. Sometimes it’s helping communities recover after a wildfire, sometimes it’s lending a strong shoulder for others to lean on. Over 100,000 veterans and first responders have found a new purpose through continued service in Team Rubicon, the disaster relief nonprofit founded by Jake Wood. In this talk, Jake shares the vision he had for Team Rubicon which has provided aid to survivors of more than 80 natural disasters around the globe. Learn how Jake's vision became a reality and how you and your organization can apply these lessons in finding and defining your own purpose.


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BIO


[PRESS KIT]
Jake Wood is the cofounder and CEO of Team Rubicon, a nonprofit organization that recruits, trains and deploys military veterans to disaster zones around the world and within the United States. Since 2010, Team Rubicon has scaled to 100,000 volunteers and deployed teams to some of the worst catastrophes of the century.

As a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps, Wood deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan as a Scout Sniper and earned the Navy-Marine Commendation Medal. A leading veterans’ advocate, Wood has briefed President Obama on veterans’ issues, met with former Presidents Bush and Clinton on veteran transition and disaster response and testified before a Senate committee to improve mental health care services for returning veterans. He has also appeared in the major media, including MSNBC, CNN, NBC, ABC, Al Jazeera, US News & World Report, Forbes, Fox News and penned an op-ed for The New York Times. In 2014, Crown Publishing published Wood’s book, Take Command: Lessons in Leadership.
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